Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Mind of Her Own
My Staley is growing up. She has an ever-expanding vocabulary and an impressive understanding of the world around her. And she has a mind of her own. Firmly set, unwavering belief in what she wants and doesn't want...and she is not shy about letting us know. 'No' is a powerful word, and Staley has learned to use it with force. Reading a book she doesn't want to read at that moment. 'NO!' A request to take another bite of vegetables. 'NO!' Time to stop playing with sidewalk chalk at the baby-sitters and go home. 'NO!' Bath time is over. 'NO!' There are sometimes tears. There is sometimes drama. But there is no doubt that my baby girl has spunk. And as easy as it would be to have Staley agree with me 100% of the time, I love the fact that she is developing a strong personality. I want her to grow into a strong woman with the self-confidence to fight for what she believes in, to stand up for those who can't, to boldly share her ideas. And if that all begins with arguing against vegetables and for longer bath times, then bring it on!